Jason Aldean Admits “I Was a Wreck”

Nine Years Ago, He Won His First ACM Award

“Oh, wow.”

Those were Jason Aldean’s very first words when he won his very first award from the Academy of Country Music in 2006.

Joe Nichols (the previous year’s top new male vocalist) and actress Michelle Stafford announced the award, and I remember being able to almost feel how nervous Aldean was when he got to the stage to accept his trophy for the top new male vocalist

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And in the recent issue of the ACM’s Tempo magazine, he admits that’s exactly what he was thinking.

“The biggest thing to me was in 2006 and we were up for top new male vocalist,” he said. “It was the first time I had ever been nominated for an award, and I was so happy just to have a seat. I remember I was so nervous. I was shocked first of all, then I got up there to talk, and I was so nervous.

“To watch a show like this for the whole time I was growing up and to now be a part of it. And not only be a part of it, but to hold one of those trophies, it was a pretty special moment.”

“I almost knocked the microphone over with my hat I think,” he said. “I was a wreck.”

Billy Currington and Craig Morgan were also nominated for the honor that same year.

After adjusting the mic stand and thanking his family, his label, his band, his crew, country radio and the fans, he went on to modestly predict his very bright future.

“If I could follow in the footsteps of the guys that’ve won this before me,” Aldean said in his acceptance speech, “I’ll be doing all right.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.